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Fine Line chats up Beyer’s ‘Talk’

PARK CITY, Utah – Fine Line Features has snapped up North American rights to writer-director-actress Troy Beyer’s “Girl Talk.”

The directing debut of the 32-year-old screenwriter responsible for New Line Cinema’s upcoming comedy “BAPS” explores what girls really talk about when they think men are out of earshot. The feature film – which weaves video interviews with 300 women from the multiethnic community of Miami’s South Beach throughout the narrative – includes memorable advice like “If the kiss ain’t right, keep your legs tight.”

The film was not playing in Sundance. However, Beyer, together with her producer Deborah Ridpath, arrived here Monday with an eight-minute excerpt culled from the pic’s 18-day shoot. After meeting with several distributors, Fine Line Features’ executive vice president Jonathan Weisgal and executive VP of acquisitions Mark Ordesky stayed up until 5 a.m. Wednesday morning hammering out a deal. New Line has the right of first refusal on the remaining territories.

“This is a commercial movie that will appeal to women of all ages and guys too, thanks to the way the women reveal their sexual fantasies in the movie,” said Fine Line Features president Ruth Vitale. “Any woman who has been through the dating process will see this movie and yell, ‘Go, girl!’ ”

Girls’ lives

“Girl Talk” chronicles the lives of three young women in Miami as they struggle with the professional and romantic challenges of everyday life. Beyer stars as a woman named Jazz who is trying to make it as a talkshow host. Together with her roommates, played by Paget Brewster and Randi Ingerman, she sets out to interview women from all walks of life on life, sex and love.

Personal project

“I put the money I made from selling ‘BAPS’ into financing the film,” said Beyer. “And I got the idea when I was hanging out with a couple of girlfriends videotaping one another talking about a sexual fantasy or a sexual skill.” Beyer is a regular on ABC’s “Murder One” and was granted a hiatus to shoot her movie. She was also recently cast in Robert Altman’s “The Gingerbread Man.” Ridpath’s previous credits include the 1995 Sundance pic “If Lucy Fell” and the upcoming MPCA film “Independence,” which stars Drew Barrymore and Dean Cain. Attorney Carlos Goodman reps Beyer.

Besides “Girl Talk,” Fine Line execs have been busy here tubthumping for Alex Sichel’s dramatic competition pic “All Over Me,” Gregg Araki’s “Nowhere,” Joe Mantello’s “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and the re-release of director John Waters’ cult classic “Pink Flamingos.”

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